FSC 4210


Examination of tools and techniques of rational decision making in fire and emergency services agencies, including data collection, statistics, probability, decision analysis, utility modeling, resource allocation, and cost-benefit analysis.

(The FESHE Course Code Equivalent for this course is C265)

FESHE outcomes: 1. Define and discuss the elements of effective departmental organization. 2. Classify what training and skills are needed to establish departmental organization. 3. Analyze the value of a community-related approach to risk reduction. 4. Outline the priorities of a budget planning document while anticipating the diverse needs of a community. 5. Assess the importance of positively influencing community leaders by demonstrating effective leadership. 6. Analyze the concept of change and the need to be aware of future trends in fire management. 7. Report on the importance of communications technology, fire service networks, and the Internet, when conducting problem-solving analysis and managing trends. 8. Develop a clear understanding of the national assessment models and their respective approaches to certification.


  1. Discuss how databases, histograms, inferential statistics and probabilities, and GIS are used in fire station location planning.
  2. Discuss the uses of analytical approaches to rational decision making.
  3. Select appropriate analytical tools to support critical thinking.
  4. Apply the five-step cost-benefit analysis process to justify essential budgetary needs.
  5. Use linear programming to solve fire department equipment, revenue, facility, and personnel issues.
  6. Differentiate between analysis techniques and their applications.





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